Tiny but majestic
The art of making miniature art is about precision, which is all it takes to turn a humble pencil into a priceless masterpiece, or an unassuming stone into a perfectly brilliant diamond.
Hailing from Tuzia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, pencil carving artist Jasenko Đorđević is a master of a very specialised form of art. He is one of only a handful of artists in the world who make stunningly detailed sculptures on pencil lead. Inspired by his surroundings, these exquisite sculptures at the tip of a pencil inspire awe for their artistic vision and precision.
A country house, a pair of praying hands, a thinking man sitting at the top of a column, a bullet train. You will need a magnifying glass to fully appreciate the intricate details of these sculptures by Đorđević. The tiny chisel he uses looks bigger than the pencil lead he is working on. It is truly a marvel to see the artist at work.
“Precision is at the heart of every piece of my work. Every time I start to make a new sculpture, I have to consider very carefully exactly where I am going to make contact with the carving knife, before I can touch the lead for the first time,” said Đorđević, winner of the grand prize at the 7th Biennale of Miniature Art BiH.
“A lot of deliberation and repeated examinations go into every piece I make. I only have only one chance. Even the tiniest error, just a fraction of a millimetre, will ruin the entire piece. Each pencil lead sculpture is a challenge in precision.”
Starting with an elaborate sketch, Đorđević also needs to take measurements repeatedly, up to 46 times, before deciding on each touch. This deliberate process is not unlike that of diamond polishing, and the reason why Infini Love Diamond has invited Đorđević to share his insight into making these unusual miniature masterpieces in a series of crossover videos with Belgian diamond master Ronald Daems.
While graphite is brittle, the extreme hardness of diamond presents a totally different challenge technically, but the level of precision required by both materials is just the same.
Infini Love Diamond, created by Chow Sang Sang in 2012, is led by the Belgian diamond master Ronald Daems. With over 40 years’ experience in diamond cutting, he oversees the meticulous process of cutting every Infini Love Diamond. From a rough diamond to the finished stone, 100 quality checks are carried out by experienced craftsmen using state-of-the-art equipment to eliminate any possibility for error. This is how Daems and his team craft the 57 perfectly balanced facets for each diamond, to realise every stone’s best potential to capture light. This pursuit of brilliance, aided by technology and centuries of know-how, is an art of precision just like Đorđević’s masterpieces on pencil tips.
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